Sen. Ted Lieu calls on Fox TV host Bob Beckel to resign after xenophobic slur

July 12, 2014

Statement follows racist statements televised live
LOS ANGELES – State Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Redondo Beach, today called on Fox News Host Bob Beckel to resign immediately after statements the Fox TV host made about Chinese people:
 
“We should all be alarmed by the racist, xenophobic comments by Fox News Host Bob Beckel.  His comments have no place in America and this is at least the second time he has used racial slurs. He must resign immediately."
 
Beckel said during a broadcast Thursday of “The Five” that “Chinese are the single biggest threat to the national security of the U.S. … Do you know what we just did?  As usual, we bring them over here and teach a bunch of Chinamen – err, Chinese people – how to do computers and then they go back to China and hack into us.”

Last year, Mr. Beckel said that after he went swimming, his “eyes blew up, and it made me look Oriental.”
 
Lieu, a Chinese-American, said he was outraged.
 
“I am one of those ‘Chinamen’ with ‘Oriental’ eyes that immigrated to America and majored in computer science.  I also served on active duty in the United States Air Force and continue to serve my country in the Reserves.  And today, as an American and as a California State Senator, I call on Mr. Beckel to resign.
 
“America is great because anyone can be an American.  Our country is the strongest in the world because of our diversity.  Unfortunately, Fox News host Bob Beckel does not understand what it means to be an American.
 
“But Mr. Beckel’s comments are more than just racist and stupid.  His ignorant views are dangerous because it is precisely those types of extreme xenophobic and racist views that caused our government to massively violate constitutional rights during World War II and force more than 100,000 Americans into internment camps.
 
“It is Mr. Beckel’s extreme racist and xenophobic views that are a threat to the American people and he should resign now.” 

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Ted W. Lieu chairs the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee and represents the more than 1.3 million residents of Senate District 28, which includes the cities of Beverly Hills, Carson, El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Lomita, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Santa Monica, Torrance, West Hollywood and the Palos Verdes Peninsula as well as portions of Long Beach and Los Angeles including, Beverly Glen, Brentwood, Cheviot Hills, Harbor City, Hollywood Hills, Marina del Rey, Mar Vista, Pacific Palisades, Playa del Rey, San Pedro, Venice, Westwood and Wilmington. See a district map at: http://sd28.senate.ca.gov/district-28-map. For more, visit www.senate.ca.gov/lieu.

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